A second section of severe drought has emerged in Northeast Missouri, while more parts of the state have slipped into abnormally dry and moderate drought conditions. The weekly USDA Drought Monitor shows that Clark, Schuyler and Scotland counties are now in the second stage of drought, joining six counties in Northwest Missouri. Moderate drought now extends into Boone, Chariton, Howard and Randolph counties as well as western Audrain and Callaway counties and southwestern Monroe County. Almost one-fourth of Missouri is under either stage of drought, while another 21.3% of the state is considered abnormally dry.

Pre-drought conditions have increased along a sizable corridor through Southwest Missouri. That swatch stretches from Miller and Morgan counties, across the Lake of the Ozarks into all of Camden, Dallas and Polk counties, into Springfield before covering a majority of Barry, Dade and Lawrence counties. This corridor also includes much of Laclede, Hickory and McDonald counties. Abnormally dry conditions also stretch downriver from Jefferson City into Hermann.


The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map is courtesy of NDMC-UNL.

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